Experts Guide — Terrorism
Christianity and Christian thought — Biblical history — Contemporary Middle East — Archaeology in the Middle East
Rodes Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Florida; M.Div., Duke University Divinity School;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, Biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. An avid participant in archaeological digs in Israel, often taking Centre students. He and his students were part of a team that uncovered at Sepphoris rare amulets estimated to be around 2000 years old. Co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997).
Languages — French and German — French literature and history — Michel de Montaigne — Patriotism
Stodghill Professor of French and German
B.A., University of North Carolina-Wilmington;
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
A gifted and innovative teacher of languages who has spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany and two one-year stints as teacher-director of Centre's residential study-abroad program in Strasbourg, France. Encourages everyday use of foreign language by having his students plant gardens, shop, and take boat rides together, speaking only French. Several teaching awards at Centre. Scholarly research on Michel de Montaigne.
American political history — The judicial process — The legislative process — The Civil Rights movement in America — The Supreme Court
Lively Professor of Government and Law
B.A., University of Dayton; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Teaching and research interests encompass American political history, the judicial process, the legislative process, and the Civil Rights movement in America. Team teaches (with professor William Garriott) a government course that simulates the U.S. Congress. Has published articles in journals including Valparaiso Law Review and PS: Political Science and Politics, as well as a segment of The Kentucky Encyclopedia.
Vietnam and the war — Recent American history — Administrative expertise in fund raising, student leadership programs, and strategic planning
Special Assistant to the President, Chief Planning Officer,
Pottinger Professor of History
B.A., Centre College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Expertise in recent American history. Author of Paper Soldiers: The American Press and the Vietnam War,
an acclaimed book about U.S. press coverage of the war in Vietnam (W.W. Norton and Co., 1993; paperback, University of Chicago Press, 1995). Historic preservation issues related to the Civil War.
Holds a dual appointment as a Centre professor and an administrator; expertise in fund raising, student leadership programs, and strategic planning.